State Regulators Order Clinic to Close Due to Illegal Practices
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emmalee Kalmbach
DATE: Tuesday April 30, 2013 PHONE: (614) 547-0099 ext. 309
TOLEDO Ohio- Today, State Regulators exposed a cover-up involving Center for Choice of Toledo. According to Ohio Department of Health documents, this abortion clinic operated without a transfer agreement resulting in a recommended closure and a $25,000 fine.
"This is yet another case of the abortion industry disregarding women's health and well-being. Center for Choice lied to the Department of Health in order to cover-up the fact that they were breaking Ohio law," said President of Ohio Right to Life Mike Gonidakis. "The abortion industry strives to paint a rosy picture of women's healthcare, but the reality is that the abortion industry acts with callous disregard for women and of course their unborn babies," said Gonidakis.
According to Ohio law, Center for Choice of Toledo exists as an Ambulatory Surgical Facility and because of this legal status, the clinic is not a full-service medical facility. In order for Center for Choice of Toledo to operate legally, the clinic has to have a transfer agreement with a full-service hospital to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother. The clinic has not had a legal transfer agreement since 2010, according to Ohio Department of Health documents.
"It's a crime that Center for Choice has performed illegal abortions for the last two years, jeopardizing women for the sake of profit, but we take hope in the fact that they will cease taking innocent human life," said Gonidakis.
To read the Ohio Department of Health's Proposed Order click here.
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.